Mutton busters hold on tight for trophies
By Dave Vrbas
The Wauneta Breeze
Youngsters put their best sheep riding on display during the Chase County Fair’s mutton busting competition on Wednesday afternoon, six of them leaving the event with towering trophies in hand.
In the five-year-old division, Paige Fiedler was the champion girl, hanging on for 2.66 seconds. Brice Vitosh was the championship boy in the youngest division, riding for a total of 2.25 seconds.
Paige McCannon rode her sheep 3.19 seconds to clinch the six-year-old girl title, while Brit Gockley held on for 2.75 seconds to win the boys trophy of that age division.
Gentry Fisher, a seven-year-old, won the girls division in her age group with a long ride of 3.38 seconds.
Trevor Peterson held on the longest of all riders, a total of 5.05 seconds, to clinch the boys title of the seven-year-old age division.
While the top rider in each age division was awarded an enormous trophy, all youngsters brave enough to jump on the back of a sheep were presented with a participation trophy.
This year’s mutton busting competition was sponsored by Lamar Fertilizer, Frenchman Valley Co-op, R-Nette Inc., Added Touch Flowers and Gifts and Markee Ag.